Case Study: British Cycling National Circuit Series

Cyclevox were commissioned to produce exclusive coverage of the British Cycling National Circuit Series. Travelling the width and breadth of the country, each event was live streamed across social media, with remote studio commentary, live interviews and on-site presenting to offer incredible production value.

Live commentary was added in the studio at Surrey Live commentary was added in the studio at Surrey

Live coverage was shot from a motorbike lapping the circuit with no need for RF links on-site Live coverage was shot from a motorbike lapping the circuit with no need for RF links on-site

For 2019, British Cycling wanted to live stream the entire National Circuit Series. Each event was hosted in a different town or city throughout the UK, starting in June. The solution had to be robust, flexible, and sustainable so Cyclevox turned to long-term supplier WilkieTV to deliver a remote production first.

Using WilkieTV's remote production resources in Surrey, the team were able to remotely broadcast each of the nine events live. Leveraging the 4G network, the remote team were able to turn up on site and “go live” without needing an OB truck or broadcast infrastructure at the event. The ability to “untether” and allow camera operators to roam freely streamlined the camera plan and crew, as one camera can cover multiple areas. The presenting team could visit the pits, fan zone, start line or VIP areas and do interviews, live links or gather additional shots without needing to worry about RF links, range or cabling.

Each event although geographically in a different location, had the same setup configured, with the same team, working out of WilkieTV's MCR facility. This enabled consistency between each event from a proven location, with pre-tested infrastructure. The permanent MCR has better connectivity, with backup services, increased crew welfare and redundancy. Production crew aren't travelling away from home and so there is a large saving on transport, accommodation and expenses.

"The days where a federation is required to spend thousands on a helicopter RF link and multiple broadcast trucks are rapidly diminishing as tech innovation advances, making way for sustainable remote production. Cyclevox and WilkieTV partnered to deliver a sustainable and scalable solution, with a remotely located MCR across the 4G network, without a single RF link in sight. Our solutions are bringing the cost of production down with the bonus of saving the planet at the same time."

Claire Wilkie, Managing Director, WilkieTV Ltd

Live Interviews gathered by the presenter team on-site Live Interviews gathered by the presenter team on-site

The live feed was transmitted back to large Sports Presentation LED Screens The live feed was transmitted back to large Sports Presentation LED Screens

WilkieTV provided between five and seven LiveU units; one fitted to a motorbike which followed the action from the front of the race. Another LiveU was used with the presenting team to feed back interviews, live links and additional content which was either played out live or fed into EVS for later use. Further units were supplied for cameras at the start/finish and specific corners or positions around the circuit. A final unit was used at the Surrey MCR for uplinking to social media. WilkieTV's LiveU servers were bringing the feeds from each remote camera into a gallery where vision and sound was mixed. Live graphics and slow-mo replay using the NewTek 3Play were overlaid before the stream was sent for distribution.

A custom-built pop-up studio at WilkieTV's base provided in-vision live links, commentary and interviews. Communications were supplied between the presenter on location and studio team in Surrey to allow live handovers and real-time chat between the two locations.

Not only was the feed delivered online, it was also transmitted back to site for display on LED video screens at the start/finish line.


Through innovative engineering and strategic planning, Cyclevox and WilkieTV were able to produce a ground-breaking sustainable and eco-centric broadcast.

The use of remote production allowed the number of crew travelling site to be dramatically reduced; with only camera operators, motorbike pilots and a producer on-site. Equipment setup was simplified that the camera operators could each be responsible for their own kit - meaning no need for an on-site engineer. The rest of the team, including production, talent/commentators, graphics, vision and sound were all back at the Surrey base.

Camera Operators could freely roam without worrying about RF range Camera Operators could freely roam without worrying about RF range

All production was done off site, with no infrastructure at any of the circuits All production was done off site, with no infrastructure at any of the circuits

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